The runners give back PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:33

The Zamboanga Runners’ Club (ZRC) under the leadership of club president Mr. Allen Go, held an outreach program at Lanote Elementary School, Lanote, Tolosa, this city last Aug. 11, 2011.

It was in coordination with Mrs. Leticia A. Fernandez’ Samaritan’s Purse, a foundation based in North Carolina, USA. Mrs. Fernandez is a former nurse and wife to Dr. Fidel Fernandez, a pathologist and now a professor in a medical school in Penang, Malaysia. Balikbayan boxes filled with shoeboxes containing donated goods and gifts were distributed to schoolchildren ages four to 14. The club was assisted by the Lanote Elementary School teachers headed by its hardworking head teacher Ms. Jeannette Gregorio.

It was indeed a fulfilling afternoon as ZRC distributed the goods. Seeing  joy in the children’s faces as they opened the boxes filled with school supplies, toys and other personal items was well worth the long uphill walk to the area. For Lanote, it was the first time they received such gifts. For ZRC, it was also a first, but definitely not the last. Plans to make the school the beneficiary of a Fun Run in October is already underway.

ZRC’s commitment to being a Runner is not just to run four or 40 miles. It is also to give back to society and make a difference.. this time in the hearts of the children of Lanote.